Picutre of Speciality Food Products

Many Massachusetts growers and food entrepreneurs have interest to start their own business by adding value to farm products or starting a specialty food business. The Department offers consumer information and resources to those looking to start their own company, improve marketing plans, or attend trade events to showcase products.

MA Pavilion at Summer Fancy Food Show – MA Vendors Largest to Date

Sixty-five Massachusetts food and related businesses exhibited at the 2017 International Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, June 25 – 27, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  These small to medium sized businesses met new customers and developed sales from the mostly independent retail buyers in attendance including farm stand operators looking to add Massachusetts value-added products to their inventory. The Massachusetts Pavilion, organized by MDAR, featured products from 32 Bay State food businesses and with a waiting list, was the largest Pavilion to date. These businesses play crucial roles as part of the state’s food system.  Whenever it makes sense, MDAR works to make local connections to supply ingredients to these businesses, or for start-ups, work with shared use kitchens across the state. Details here. pdf format of Companies at 2017 International Summer Fancy Food Show


Are you looking for kitchen space?  Shared use kitchens across Massachusetts efficiently offer affordable culinary incubator and production space in licensed facilities, as well as business development support

Berkshire Harvest Kitchen, Great Barrington
Website:  http://berkshireharvestrentalkitchen.com/
Email:  Tina Clark:  bhrk195@gmail.com
Phone:  413-822-8815

Commonwealth Kitchen (CWK), Boston
Website: http://commonwealthkitchen.org
Contact: Jen Faigel or Roz Freeman, roz@commonwealthkitchen.org

Dartmouth Grange, Dartmouth
Website: http://www.dartmouthgrange.org
Email: info@dartmouthgrange.org
Phone: 508-636-1900

Foundation Kitchen, Shared Culinary Workspace, Somerville
Website:  https://foundationkitchen.com/about/
Email:  https://foundationkitchen.com/contact/

Kitchen Local, Amesbury
Website: http://www.kitchenlocal.com
Email: lisa@kitchenlocal.com
Phone: 978-204-3197

Kitchen UTEC, Lowell
Email: uteckitchen@utec-lowell.org 
Phone: 978-856-3910

Stock Pot, Malden
Website: http://www.stockpotmalden.com
Email: info@stockpotmalden.com
Phone: 781-605-1426

Wendell Town Hall Community Kitchen, Wendell
Website:  http://www.wendellmass.us/index.php/governance/services/town-coordinator.html
Email:  Nancy Aldrich, Town coordinator:  coordinator@wendellmass.us\
Phone: 978-544-3395 or 978-544-3775

Western MA Food Processing Center, Greenfield
Website: http://www.fccdc.org/about-the-center
Email: johnw@fccdc.org 
Phone: 413-774-7204

Online Support for New England Food Entrepreneurs

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources partnered with the New England Extension Food Safety Consortium to produce a gateway website featuring information and resources for the specialty food business.  Information includes starting a food business, business and marketing, product development, federal and state regulations, and training and education.